MARTINEZ -- An autopsy was performed Wednesday on an inmate authorities said fought with deputies before being found dead in a cell at County Jail on Tuesday.

Donald Ray McCullough, 58, of Oakland, was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center after a deputy found him unconscious in a "safety cell" at the jail.

McCullough had fought with deputies in the jail's intake area around 12:30 p.m. as Pinole police delivered him to the jail, according to a statement from Contra Costa Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. He had been arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of second-degree burglary, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and a probation violation, Lee said.

As McCullough struggled in the intake area, a deputy used his stun gun on the inmate, Lee said. Deputies got control of McCullough and took him to a "safety cell," where he was checked out by medical staff.

About 2:30 p.m., a deputy checking on McCullough found him unresponsive. CPR was performed and he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death will be released after toxicology and pathology tests are finished, in eight to 12 weeks, Lee said.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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